Russkaja
Kosmopoliturbo


4.5
superb

Review

by ScuroFantasma CONTRIBUTOR (79 Reviews)
October 15th, 2017 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A bizzare but thoroughly gratifying concoction.

Belying their somewhat misleading moniker, Russkaja are a seven piece genre-blending collective hailing from Vienna, Austria. Proving more faithful to the title of this album however, Kosmopoliturbo is a melting pot of European musical culture, featuring melodic and rhythmic influences from a variety of distinct regions throughout the continent. Their most prominent and foundational style of course derives from the Motherland herself, manifesting in their mixture of traditional Russian folk music with everything from ska punk to blues rock. A seamless example of this is demonstrated by the energetic number ‘Alive’ which utilises an impressive transition from its polka-dominated hook into a distinctly poppy electronic break, itself punctuated by intermittent shouts of “hey!” - downright appropriate for a Russian jig.

Further diversifying the experience, front man and former Stahlhammer vocalist Georgij Makazaria takes full advantage of his polyglot status, and whilst the majority of the lyrics are sung in gravelly English there’s a sizeable smattering of tracks featuring German, Italian, Russian and French prose. Elsewhere, Russkaja flaunt their orchestral side, championed on ditties such as album highlight Cheburaschka which alternates a choppy syllabic chorus with busy trumpet and potete interplay. The lyrical references to the eponymous Russian TV show are a charming addition - a simple example of the engaging variety and detail displayed throughout the album, made even more impressive by the septet’s flawless execution on every level. So if you're searching for a jaunty album that is immediately enjoyable, but with a hearty substance that benefits from extra attention, don't look past Kosmopoliturbo.



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ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2017


10867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

https://russkaja.bandcamp.com/album/kosmopoliturbo



AOTY contender for me. Enjoy this album so much and it never gets old no matter how much I spin it. Feedback appreciated, hopefully I can get a few people interested in this (:

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Evokaphile
October 15th 2017


5833 Comments


Colour me intrigued

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BlushfulHippocrene
October 15th 2017


2008 Comments


Great review, Scuro.

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VaxXi
October 15th 2017


4135 Comments


Shit sounds cash

cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2017


1808 Comments


scuro you are too good for this site

FullOfSounds
October 15th 2017


15573 Comments


this looks amazing

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2017


10867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys < 3



Recommend checking the first track if you're interested, it'll tell you all you need to know

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2017


5641 Comments


need to check.. a stellar review as always, Scuro..

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ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2017


10867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Butcher (:

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2017


13588 Comments


Fine rev, as always.

This sounds interesting, will definitely check it out.

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Ovrot
October 16th 2017


13142 Comments


is this gypsy punk


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clavier
October 16th 2017


448 Comments


scuro you are too good for this site [2]

what a fascinating find

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2017


10867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers Gonzo, hope you dig (:



Claire and Ramon you guys are too kind < 3



@Ov not quite but it's in a similar ballpark, i could easily see a fan of gypsy influenced stuff digging this



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